The Himalayas

17 day escorted tour itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek

Reach new heights

Take on the largest mountain on earth with this intensive trek on one of the world's most iconic trails. This 17 day adventure is perfect for anyone wanting to push themselves and try an active holiday like no other. This Teahouse trek is the most popular way to get to the Base Camp. Teahouses are very basic accomodation but are perfect for this type of journey. The benefit of staying in the Teahouses is that you don't need to take you own tent and food up the mountain with you, ultimately making the whole journey easier since you have less to carry! It is rarely possible to confirm a bed before arrival at these lodges so when we can we will ensure you have a private room, however if availability does not allow this you may need to stay in a dormitory with other trekkers. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Trekking through the Himalayas
  • Traditional tea house lodges
  • Kathmandu's Durbar Square
  • Everest Base Camps
  • Market town of Namche Bazaar
  • Sagamartha National Park

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
17 days
Guide Price
£3,219 per person
Price based on
Based on 11 August 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Singapore Airlines, meal basis as per itinerary.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • Kathmandu
    2 nights
  • 12 nights on Base Trek Trail, staying in Teahouse accomodation
  • Kathmandu
    2 nights
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Included
  • International and domestic flights as detailed.
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of the year).
  • Meals included as stated.
  • Air-conditioned transport.
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees during sightseeing as detailed.
  • Airport assistance and transfers.
  • All site entrance fees while touring and jungle activities in Chitwan.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.
Not included
  • Visa fees.
  • Airport departure taxes.
  • Beverages during meals.
  • Tips for the driver/guide.
  • Optional excursions.

Itinerary Breakdown

On arrival into Kathmandu, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Shangri-La Kathmandu or similar

After breakfast, you start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. In our sightseeing tour you go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath. This 2000 year old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. You will also see Durbar square, this is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples which were built between the 12th and 18th centuries. There is an intriguing 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as a UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace. Lastly you will see a richly ornamented Pashupatinath Temple. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay

Overnight Accommodation

  • Shangri-La Kathmandu or similar

After a short flight to Lukla this morning (approx. 30 minutes), you will trek to Phakding which is around 2652 meters, descending 200m over 3 hours. You will catch a glimpse of some great mountains such as Nupla above Kongde Ridge and Kusum Kang. All the way along the trek you will be following the northern bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable your body to acclimatise and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture. Overnight stay.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Today begins on level ground. You will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2800m) and on to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park entrance. There is a good rest stop on the way up where you will see people gathered, admiring the first real chance to see Everest in the distance. You will also be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserki, Konde-Ri and Tawache Peak before eventually arriving at Namcha after around 5 hours.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Today allows your body to acclimatise while you drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise in Namche. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there is lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There is some interesting museums and shops. You can venture further a field and take a visit to Khumjung with the Hillary school sites and Khunde nearby. On the way back to Namche you could visit the Shyangboche airstrip. Overnight stay back at your hotel.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Various trails lead out of the village of Namche and your guide will show you the most appropriate, however you will have excellent views of Ama Dablam and Everest amongst others along the way. From Sanasa, the trail descends to Phunki Thanga from where you have a 2 hour trek to Tengboche steeply at first but soon levels out. You will come to a stone gate which marks the entrance to Tengboche. Upon checking in your hotel you will have an overnight stay.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Another 5 hour day today. Firstly descend through rhododendron forests to the pastures below and Debouche. You will begin to climb from the Imja Khola river with great views of Ama Dablam and Kantaga. Your route is lined by chortens to Pengboche the highest year round settlement in the valley, and the gompa here is the oldest in the Khumbu, home to what is believed to be the Hand skull of a yeti. You will soon be above the tree line and will pass a few tea shops and yak herders before you reach Dingboche, a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

During your stay in Dingboche you will enjoy outstanding mountain views, particularly the north face of Ama Dablam. There are several walk options enabling your body to acclimatize better.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Trekking time today is a little more than 5 hours and you will travel through Periche, Dugla and enjoy fantastic views. Arriving into Lobuche it is well protected from the elements.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Ascend gently to begin with today with views of the Khumbu Glacier. Gorakshep is on a flat field below Kala Pattar and My Pumori, it is the original Everest Base Camp.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Sunrise from the top of Kala Pattar is quite spectacular, it is a hard climb of one or two hours but you can see the west face of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and more. Returning to the windy town of Periche, there is a Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post to visit should anybody need assistance from volunteer doctors.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

This morning you may be interested in a visit to the Nagkartshang Gompa before descending to Tengboche, a journey of around 4 hours.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

Trekking mostly downhill today, there is a steep climb for about an hour before you encounter the scenic walk back into Namche. From Khumjung you can pass through Khunde where you may enjoy a visit to the little monastery if you haven't already. Total trekking time today is around 5 hours.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

A 4 hour walk today descending steeply for the first half then on to Phakding, where you will spend the night. This is your final day trekking. This evening, enjoy a farewell ceremony with your guides and porters where you will be able to sample some Chang and try some Sherpa dancing.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Teahouse style accomodation

You will be on an early flight back this morning to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Shangri-La Kathmandu or similar

Enjoy a day exploring some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Shangri-La Kathmandu or similar

Spend the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your onward journey.